The state should require annual evaluations of all teachers.
Commendably, all teachers in Oklahoma must be evaluated at least annually.
Nonprobationary teachers are required to be evaluated once a year. New teachers in Oklahoma must be evaluated twice a year. The first evaluation must be completed by November 15 and the second by February 10.
Base evaluations on multiple observations.
To guarantee that annual evaluations are based on an adequate collection of information, Oklahoma should require multiple observations for all teachers, even those who have nonprobationary status. Further, as evaluation instruments become more data driven, it may not be feasible to issue multiple formal evaluation ratings during a single year. Applicable student data will likely not be available to support multiple ratings.
Oklahoma recognized the factual accuracy of this analysis.